Viagra Can Work Wonders On Flower Stems’ Stamina Just Like, Well, You Know

If you managed to get adecent bouquet of healthy, thriving flowers (unlike many of our readers and all these people on Twitter) give yourself a pat on the back. Now, how can you keep your stems firm, your petals blossoming and infuse those stamens with stamina? That same magic blue pill also likely popular on Valentine’s Day, Viagra.

Our curiosity is just as aroused as yours at this uplifting news, which was published in the British Journal of Medicine. Our ever-vigilant cohorts at Consumer Reports picked up this titillating item while researching erectile-dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) for entirely work-related purposes. Yup.

Researchers tested 1 milligram doses of the drug in two vases of water filled with cut flowers, and found that the stems stood up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural life span. Turns out Viagra works on plant ripening the same as it does on a man’s equipment, by slowing the breakdown of the same enzyme.

[cue titters, giggles, etc.]

If your stems stay up for more than a few weeks, you might want to contact your botanist.

Viagra can make roses last longer, too [Consumer Reports]